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Deviant Diva: Schapelle Corby Returns to Australia

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 2:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In his work on celebrity, Daniel Boorstin drew a firm line under a field that has since become the mirror of its own study, in industry within media studies. The modern celebrity, he surmised, is “well-known for their own well-knownness”. More >>

Manchester bombing: message still not understood

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 12:36 pm | Redress Information

The Manchester atrocity certainly succeeded in derailing the General Election campaign here in the UK. It has now resumed with the focus on homeland security and a lot of fresh babble about the “war on terror”, much to the frustration of party strategists ... More >>

Why would anyone vote Conservative in the UK election?

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 12:31 pm | Redress Information

Consistent with 21st century politics the announcement on 18 April of a General Election by Prime Minister Theresa May was a cynical move based purely on self-interest. The “snap election” to be held on 8 June contravenes the The Fixed-term Parliaments ... More >>

The three legged health and safety culture

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 9:47 am | Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

The three-legged stool is often used as an analogy for three essential elements needed to operate a successful organisation. These three elements are described by Ernesto Sirolli as the Trinity of Management TM as ‘Product/Services’; ‘Marketing’ ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 29/05/17: Two more troops?

Monday, 29 May 2017, 5:45 pm | Liana Pantaleo

Today Prime Minister Bill English gave a summary of what he felt were the highlights of last week’s budget announcement. ... The Prime minister was asked about NATO’s request for New Zealand to send two more personnel to Afghanistan and whether or ... More >>

Barging Through NATO: Donald Trump in Europe

Monday, 29 May 2017, 1:13 pm | Binoy Kampmark

From his big white bird did the President descend upon his dreading European hosts, looking much like natives waiting to be slaughtered or ravished. As Donald Trump pushed his way through NATO members (the Montenegrin prime minister, for one, felt ... More >>

Take torture off agenda - Kristin Y. Christman

Monday, 29 May 2017, 12:32 pm | Kristin Christman

According to President Donald Trump, people who are tortured deserve it. Trump's initial draft executive order in January revealed his passion for reopening U.S. black site prisons, loading Guantanamo with prisoners, and rewriting the Army Field ... More >>

The Merry Life of Dragnet Surveillance - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 29 May 2017, 12:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, a grudging acceptance was made by the Obama administration that something had to be done about a roguish surveillance complex unhinged from its foundations. The National Security Agency ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the twists in the UK election

Monday, 29 May 2017, 11:16 am | Gordon Campbell

T he main reason Theresa May chose to call a snap election for June 8 in Britain was because the Tories firmly believed that a British Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn couldn’t and wouldn’t pose any threat. Instead, the Conservatives’ original ... More >>

2degrees tips into profit after seven lean years

Sunday, 28 May 2017, 2:15 pm | Digitl

The company says it made a profit of $13.4 million in 2016 . That compares with a loss of $33.1 million a year earlier. Revenue was a shade over $700 million. More >>

Terabyte looms as Vocus users download 430GB a month

Sunday, 28 May 2017, 2:12 pm | Digitl

Vocus says its fibre broadband customers with unlimited data plans now download an average 1 of 430GB a month. The average for all Vocus fibre customers is 425GB. More >>

Telecommunications monitoring report: Are you being served?

Sunday, 28 May 2017, 2:09 pm | Digitl

There's an untold story behind the 2017 Commerce Commission telecommunications monitoring report. Before we get to that, edited highlights from the official media release : Telecommunications Commissioner Stephen Gale says: “The cost of internet use ... More >>

Edifier R1700BT speakers review: Luxury Bluetooth sounds

Sunday, 28 May 2017, 2:06 pm | Digitl

If you want more from desktop speakers, the Edifier R1700BT is worth a look, and a listen. At the price, NZ$250, they are a steal. More >>

Budget Urgency Ends

Friday, 26 May 2017, 3:20 pm | The Scoop Team

The Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Bill completed its first reading and was referred to the Health Committee with a report back date of June 6. More >>

Hanmer a haven for romance and relaxation

Friday, 26 May 2017, 3:09 pm | Make Lemonade

There’s something about the crisp smoky air in Hanmer. More >>

Roger Moore in Bondage - Binoy Kampmark

Friday, 26 May 2017, 3:04 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What are we to make of Bond, that slightly leering brute who does all for Queen and country, always at the ready with quip, car and gadget? Certainly, when one of its own, the acting fraternity of which a certain number of Bonds can be counted, passes ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on yesterday’s Budget

Friday, 26 May 2017, 12:13 pm | Gordon Campbell

I t may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets? Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year ... More >>

Anti-TB drug resistance threatens to unwind the progres

Friday, 26 May 2017, 11:48 am | Citizen News Service

(CNS): There is no doubt that groundbreaking progress has been made in fight against tuberculosis (TB) in the past two decades, but it might be prudent to review if we are winning the fight in order to #endTB by 2030. Do we slip backwards when we fail ... More >>

SOS: Save our seas - Rene Wadlow

Friday, 26 May 2017, 11:36 am | Rene Wadlow

On 5 to 9 June 2017, the United Nations will bring together in New York the representatives of governments, of governmental regional associations such as the Alliance of Small Island States, non-governmental organizations, private corporations, and academic ... More >>

Time to Ban the Bomb - Alice Slater

Friday, 26 May 2017, 11:03 am | World Beyond War

This week, the Chair of an exciting UN initiative formally named the “United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination” released a draft treaty to ban and prohibit ... More >>

Budget Urgency

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:11 pm | The Scoop Team

• the first reading and referral to select committee of the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Bill More >>

Budget 2017 - Scoop Full Coverage

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 9:44 am | Scoop Full Coverage

Scoop will be updating this page with Budget announcements, reaction and analysis once the Budget is released at 2pm. Hit reload to see the latest version. More >>

Twenty-Seven Hours: Donald Trump in Israel

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 4:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was time to do the Zionist boogie within a mere period of 27 hours, and anyone wishing to see two muggers of history enjoying each other’s company found themselves peering at Donald Trump of the United States, and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, ... More >>

U.S. Human Rights Groups Recommend Victims Move Underground

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 12:52 pm | David Swanson

The International Committee of the Red Cross and InterAction (a coalition of U.S. human rights groups) have published a report on how to protect civilians when waging war on cities. More >>

Gordon Campbell on (not) taking responsibility

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 11:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on (not) taking responsibility, terrorism porn, and Dylan’s 76th birthday First published on Werewolf More >>

The tragedy of world-wide forced displacement

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 1:40 pm | Redress Information

It constitutes the greatest humanitarian crisis since the World War II and affecting huge numbers of people and demanding all that is best in us. Yet instead of compassion, understanding and unity, all too often intolerance, ignorance and suspicion characterise ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Navy’s dealings with Fat Leonard

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:38 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the Navy’s dealings with Fat Leonard, and Twin Peaks First published on Werewolf More >>

President Trump’s Visit to the Middle East

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:32 pm | INSS Insight

President Trump’s first trip outside the United States eclipses – to a degree – the attention on events underway in the American domestic arena. The royal welcome the President received in Saudi Arabia and his meetings with a long list of Arab ... More >>

Back to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The business of making money on property, badly, has shifted to the business of making money, greatly, for the US industrial arms complex. This is the technique of President Donald Trump, who has been making various gestures, sword and wallet in hand, to ... More >>

Thinking About the Brain Thinking About Changing the World

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 11:51 am | Dr Nayvin Gordon

Albert Einstein said, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking, it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Changing our thinking requires an understanding of how our brains work. Scientific research has led to the discovery ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 15/05/22: TPP, meth, housing

Monday, 22 May 2017, 5:37 pm | Liana Pantaleo

Prime Minister Bill English began today’s press conference with a summary of his trip to Japan, noting Japan’s commitment to the TPP. More >>

Cleaning up the air we breathe

Monday, 22 May 2017, 3:13 pm | Citizen News Service

Cleaning up the air we breathe Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS (CNS): My first personal brush with the severity of asthma was several years ago, when one of my students suddenly started gasping for breath in the middle of her Physics Practical ... More >>

Julian Assange, Sweden, and Continuing Battles

Monday, 22 May 2017, 12:45 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It had been, from the start, a cruel wait and see game. Lacking logic and consistency, the Swedish effort to extradite Julian Assange from the United Kingdom, not for formal charges but the pretext of questioning him over sexual assault and rape, collapsed ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the demonising of Iran

Monday, 22 May 2017, 11:31 am | Gordon Campbell

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More >>

Review: Plenty Pathetique

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 8:31 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Saturday night's concert kicked off with Embiosis, a delightful short piece by a talented young New Zealand composer, David Grahame Taylor. Right from its shimmering opening it managed to be both edgy, hovering on the edge of different tonalities, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Bill English’s bizarre new/old trade deal

Friday, 19 May 2017, 12:29 pm | Gordon Campbell

S o, according to the Prime Minister, we all have an obligation to get in behind his zombie TPP deal, because of all the “jobs and income” it will bring in its wake. Really? That’s hilarious. This new “TPP 11” deal is entirely a pig in ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on housing, exploding lap-tops & Jon Taplin

Friday, 19 May 2017, 12:27 pm | Gordon Campbell

O K, and since we’re all barrelling towards the Budget and beyond … how useful a thing really is National’s programme of building 34,000 houses, as a solution to the crisis of housing affordability? Answer: not very. The details are here . More >>

Leave Russia the @#$%& Out of U.S. Scandals - David Swanson

Friday, 19 May 2017, 11:16 am | David Swanson

In Moscow earlier this week I mentioned to a Russian friend that racists in my town in Virginia were chanting fascist and confederate slogans plus “Russia is our friend!” He replied: “But we never had slavery; we had serfdom.” He didn’t grasp why ... More >>

$6.7 million Redevelopment for Kaikorai Primary School

Friday, 19 May 2017, 10:45 am | New Zealand Government

Kaikorai Primary School in Dunedin is set to benefit from a $6.7 million redevelopment as part of the Government’s commitment to modernise school infrastructure, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today. More >>

WannaCry Ransomware & The Perils Shoddy Attribution

Friday, 19 May 2017, 10:27 am | Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology

It’s the Russians! No, wait, it’s the North Koreans! No, wait it’s…cyber mercenaries posing as PLA hackers moonlighting as cyber mercenaries for the North Korean nation-state? It’s interesting to watch faux experts take such authoritative ... More >>

Car Bomb in Thailand Injures 56 and Damages Peace Talks

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 4:23 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A devastating car bomb exploded in front of a shopping complex on May 9 in southern Thailand, minutes after a smaller blast lured security forces and rescuers to the site, injuring at least 56 people in the one of the worst attacks ... More >>

Text of Trump’s Peaceful Islam Speech, Translated

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 4:10 pm | David Swanson

I am very honored to have been invited here to tell you about Islam. King Salman invited me, and I said you know I really need to go to Israel first because I have a connection to any chosen people. I was chosen by the majority of Americans last ... More >>

The Release of Chelsea Manning - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was one of the brighter acts in a darkening turmoil in the last parts of the Obama presidency, but the decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence added a zest of enlightenment. Manning had already found herself on the slippery slope to doom, ... More >>

The Meat movie - Lynley Tulloch

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:50 pm | Lynley Tulloch

The feature documentary that is on everyone’s lips at the moment is quite simply called Meat . Producer David White has gone behind the scenes of an industrial pig farm, a chicken farm and a sheep and beef farm. This movie also features a deer hunter. More >>

Trump Slip Ups in the Oval Office - Binoy Kampmark

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:43 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has the air of a hunting party, and the quarry, on this occasion, was a lumbering US President with a loose tongue. The individual aiming the rifle in this case was The Washington Post , assisted by the murmurings and breathless whispers of various ... More >>

Truth or Delusion? - By Robert J. Burrowes

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 3:31 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

One inevitable outcome of the phenomenal violence we all suffer as children is that most of us live in a state of delusion throughout our lives. This makes it extraordinarily difficult for accurate information, including vital information about the endangered ... More >>

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review: Beautiful, feature-packed

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 6:08 pm | Digitl

Samsung needs a hit phone after the Note 7 debacle. The Galaxy S8 Plus could fit the bill. It is an elegant, slim, feature-packed slab of glass and metal. More >>

Is it okay to think you are awesome?

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:53 pm | Aurecon

The ‘obvious’ usually isn’t. That which friends and colleagues see ‘as plain as the nose on your face’ can be incredulous to the nose bearer. And without someone sticking a mirror in front of you, how well do you see your nose? More >>

Fantasies of Worth: Macron’s French Mission - Binoy Kampmark

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 3:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The outcome of the French presidential elections did not suggest a France on the verge of rapid, vigorous renewal. It suggested the opposite, a state in atrophy, the Fifth Republic in terminal decline before unleashed historical forces. More >>

American/Russian Vladimir Posner on the State of Journalism

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:37 pm | David Swanson

Vladimir Posner, who spent his youth in the United States, France, and the Soviet Union, and who cohosted a show with Phil Donahue on U.S. television for years, met with a group of visitors to Moscow from the U.S. on Monday, offering his well-informed ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on dealing with Japan over the TPP

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:27 pm | Gordon Campbell

A s PM Bill English flies off to Japan with his business delegation today, his discussions with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will focus on how to keep the TPP trade pact alive, now that the United States has bailed. It is much, much easier to see what ... More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Prisons to suit the criminal

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 11:54 am | Martin Doyle

Pita Sharples and others are calling for 'Maori only' prisons. Why not... It's a daring thought. A dangerous thought. But on a positive note, it comes with breathtaking possibilities... More >>

Taking the Long View: Sowing Seeds for a Better Future

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 10:54 am | Gord Stewart

Back in 2013, a young dairy farmer living nearby liked what he’d heard about Transition Towns and reckoned we ought to give it a go in our own community. So the two of hosted an information evening at the memorial hall. To our delight, thirty keen locals came ... More >>

18 May: International Museum Day

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 10:43 am | Rene Wadlow

18 May has been designated by UNESCO as the International Day of Museums to highlight the role that museums play in preserving beauty, culture, and history. Museums come in all sizes and are often related to institutions of learning and libraries. Increasingly, ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 15/05/17: Ngaro, King, & more

Monday, 15 May 2017, 5:40 pm | Liana Pantaleo

Prime Minister Bill English opened today’s press conference with a description of the upcoming trip to Japan. He mentioned the importance of New Zealand’s relationship with Japan and the benefits of trade between the two countries. The Prime Minister ... More >>

The World For Ransome: The Effects of Wannacry

Monday, 15 May 2017, 2:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What a stealthy bugger of a problem. Malware deftly delivered, locking the system by encrypting files and making them otherwise impossible to access unless a fee is paid. A form of data hijacking that can only be admired for its ease of execution, ... More >>

After ten years of mail pain Spark is done with Yahoo

Monday, 15 May 2017, 1:26 pm | Digitl

Spark pitches the move from Yahoo to SMX mail as bringing mail home to New Zealand. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Alfred Ngaro’s standover tactics

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:54 am | Gordon Campbell

When someone like Alfred Ngaro is being paid circa $350,000 a year (in salary and perks) you’d think he wouldn’t have to learn on the job about the basic moral rules of his role. More >>

Hyper-Normalising Lavrov - Binoy Kampmark

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:45 am | Binoy Kampmark

The Kremlin would have been thrilled with the happy snaps, but these were, in the end, purely that. History is an assemblage of misguided images and false assumptions. The pictures of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 1939 remain rank, but brilliant for ... More >>

A Russian Journalist’s Perspective - David Swanson

Monday, 15 May 2017, 11:25 am | David Swanson

Dmitri Babich has worked as a journalist in Russia since 1989, for newspapers, news agencies, radio, and television. He says that he used to always interview people, while lately people interview him. More >>